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  1. Parable of the Sower Avenue Vineyard September 15, 2013

  2. 1. Stories as Seeds of Life 2. Stories to Treasure 3. Stories that reveal Sovereignty 4. Stories of Life 5. Stories that reveal God How the Parables Transform

  3. “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables…” Matthew 13:12,13

  4. “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Matthew 13:1-9

  5. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Matthew 13:1-9 cont’d

  6. Maze

  7. “The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.” Matthew 13:19 Maze Dead End #1

  8. “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

  9. “The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.” Matthew 13:20,21 Maze Dead End #2

  10. “22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.” Matthew 13:22 Maze Dead End #3

  11. “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:23 Maze – A Way Forward…

  12. “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given…but for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” Matthew 13:12

  13. “It (God’s word) will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

  14. Any person who won't admit they're wrong, or won't say "please forgive me," is one who is not being refined. Being refined…